I called Dantz and they quickly solved the problem for me.
In the Retrospect directory (C:\program files\dantz\retrospect) is a file
called aspichk.exe. Run this to find out which version (if any) of aspi is
installed on your server. Mine had none. ASPI stands for Advanced SCSI
Programming Interface, BTW (I had to look that up!). By default, Retrospect
uses ASPI to acess the SCSI drives, but can use something called "NT
Passthu," which uses the installed specific drivers. I think that there is
a conflickt between the SmartArray drivers and retrospect, because without
ASPI, I got the BSOD every time.

The answer is to install ASPI on the system. this doesn't seem to affect
the smart array cards at all, they still use their own drivers, but it made
Retrospect much happier. Dantz supplies this, too. In the same directory,
run aspiinst.exe and then reboot the system. Now I can scan the SCSI busses
and see the tape drives! It also appears to ignore the Smart arrray cards
and the RAIDs on those busses. Pretty cool, thanks to Dantz tech support!

On a related note, I found that OFM was incompatible with my Anti-virus
software(McAfee Net Shield  4.0), and had to remove it 'till I can upgrade
the AV later this week. It also caused a nasty BSOD.

--Ben




Rob Davies <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on 12/04/2000 02:54:22 PM

Please respond to "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

To:   "'retro-talk'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
cc:    (bcc: Ben Eastwood/HMG/Wilson Learning/US)
Subject:  RE: BSOD with Retrospect 5.1 Server




Yes!
I also have a 1600R with RAID 5 and Retrospect 5.15. It also crashes
everytime it does a device scan in ineteractive mode. It doesn't crash when
it autolaunches (well, usually - I have found some unexpected restarts the
next morning, but can't be certain of the cause). The server is running
WinNT, SP5.
It runs NT Backup perfectly (though with some open files)

The Compaq tech has replaced the internal DAT drive and is considering
replacing the RAID controller, SCSI card etc.

Any ideas would be gratefully accepted.

Thanks,
Rob

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> From:   Ben Eastwood
> Reply To:    retro-talk
> Sent:   Tuesday, 5 December 2000 3:52 AM
> To:     [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject:     BSOD with Retrospect 5.1 Server
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> I get a reproducable blue screen on a compaq 1600 R with two smart array
> controllers (221 and 3200) both controlling RAID 5 arrays. The crash
> happens everytime I  do the device scan. I think it's related to the RAID
> controllers, but I'm not sure. Has anyone seen this behavior before?
> Machine is running NT 4.0 SP 6a, and we have St Bernard's Open File
> Manager
> on it as well.
>
> TIA
>
> Ben
>
>
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